This school year marks the 55th anniversary of the opening of Marist High School on September 9, 1963. The continued success and future of Marist will be due to many factors, but perhaps none more important than our willingness to let those who follow us stand on our shoulders – giving them the courage, energy and vision they need to create the future.
As we celebrate our 55th anniversary, our challenge is to make this a year of gratitude, reflection and planning. We need to consider what our current students will be saying about our journey when they celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2063. Will they see us as people who lived out the legacy of Marist’s first founders? Will they feel that they are standing on our shoulders as we are now standing on the shoulders of those Marist Brothers and lay people who came before us?
I am confident that our students will feel our support – carrying them forward and helping them see that they are a part of something bigger than themselves. All of us must see ourselves as inheritors of the legacy of the founding community of Marist Brothers and lay people who began this very special school 55 years ago. We stand on their shoulders, and we must offer our shoulders to those who will come after us.
Whether you give of your time, talent or treasure, we appreciate your support and devotion to Marist. We invite you to connect with us and each other at special events, during campus visits, and on Facebook or Twitter. Remember, you are among more than 20,000 proud alumni, who once wore the red and white of Marist. Please stay in touch and involved. Keep us in your prayers and know that we will be praying for you.
May God bless you and keep you safe,
Brother Hank Hammer, fms
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